S. M. Gill
Dr. Nazir Bhatti,
Chairman, Pakistan Christian Congress
Sometime back I read in PCP, PCC demanded separate province for Christians in southwest of Punjab Province within the federation of Pakistan. If Iím not wrong, your good self is trying to have a place of refuge where community will live freely and peacefully in every respect. In my opinion this may not be a viable solution because provinces, new or old are governed by the constitution in force which also covers blasphemy and other Black laws. Therefore, new province will not suffice the need. The real and basic need is to survive honorably through participatory rights in mainstream activities and equal citizenship right. Blasphemy and other black laws injected by Zia have to be repealed or amended to contain punishments for falls allegations. I think in this context pressure from International Human Rights Organizations and UNO are the best forums. It is indeed a matter of great satisfaction that you are already struggling on this strategically important issue.
However, in addition to above, there is a potentially important matter relating to economic development of the community and that is, your good offices in Baluchistan should approach government of Baluchistan to allot an area for communityís dwelling somewhere near Gwadar Port. This will obviously help a lot in the long run in improving economic condition so far not available in Punjab. Christians are hardworking community and has true and realistic love of humanity. This quality will provide ample opportunities to survive honorably.
S. M. Gill, Pakistan